A photo from Lauren’s recent trip to tropical Malaysia
I certainly have felt this before with Amber and Ally as they have made their way through life. I am proud of them, their families and their accomplishments. It is that moment as a parent or a grandparent that you see your family member meet or exceed what your accomplishments have been. It is certainly a moment for introspection.
These are little examples in my life not like the proud families watching their child’s head to Olympics or achieve medals but moments indeed.
I grew up as the daughter of a United Airlines executive. We traveled frequently and to many places. I have enjoyed traveling to many countries. But never have I boarded a plane for many hours to head to Asia. The fact that my “rather stay home” daughter did so was remarkable to me. Her album on Facebook of her trip shows modern cities and high rises juxtapositioned amongst jungles, monkeys and secluded beaches.
Lauren and Mia barefoot on the wobbling sky bridge looming high over the jungle floor.
While Lauren is still recovering from her 20 hour return flight I can tell by her comments to others how the wonder, strangeness and exotic power of travel has changed her. She will be richer all her life for this opportunity to see how others live and what her country offers her in every day life.
Many stairs head to the beautiful waterfalls
My child has now ventured almost around the world. Certainly exceeding what I thought was well-traveled for me and mine. And that she flew home alone, negotiating a plane change in Taipei makes it even more wild. I will never think of Lauren the same again. Many, many thanks to the wonderful Kuchner family for making this opportunity a reality! We are forever indebted.
Jordyn on Mickey and I am on Feather with Nancy guiding us along
Taking a dressage lesson with my granddaughter-what a thrill!
Again, in the category of exceeding my reach is my eight year-old granddaughter Jordyn saddling up with me to take dressage lessons together. Jordyn has been pining away with desire to join the grown up dressage lessons that take place a couple of times a week at my barn with dressage master, Nancy Lindsey.
Jordyn, through her summer with working student camp, days and days spent at the farm and on horseback was ready for a few new steps to her riding repertoire. Also, with our usual dressage rider Jo Ann out-of-town, Nancy could focus on Jordyn and not slow the group down.
I was interestingly effected by the addition of my granddaughter to my lesson. I have ridden all my life but just recently started learning the nuances of dressage. I am a beginner in many ways just like Jordyn
As we made our twenty meter circle and worked on leg yielding in and out, there was something special and captivating about having my granddaughter there to share it with me. I really don’t remember ever taking lessons with my kids. I was either way better than them or they were way better than I. But we were never at the same place at the same time. While I can out ride Jordyn for sure, in these new tasks we were equals and she was even better than I.
The best part? Jordyn was overcome with JOY to be part of this lesson. Her smile never wavered and her enthusiam never stopped. An hour later, I was out of breath in the corner as Nancy took Jordyn and Mick through one more serpentine. With the 117 degree heat index, it was all quite remarkable. Jordyn told me, “She works you hard, huh, Granny?” She does indeed!
Nancy giving Jordyn some words of wisdom
It was a new step for both of us and one that I think both of us equally treasured. Hurrah, for the little blessings of life.
Thanks for riding along!